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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Gold'
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Lawson's cypress 'Ellwood's Gold'

'Ellwood's Gold' is a slow-growing, columnar, evergreen conifer making a large shrub of compact habit. Young foliage yellow at the tips, grey-green within the bush

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver Yellow
Summer Green Grey Silver Yellow
Autumn Green Grey Silver Yellow
Winter Green Grey Silver Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cupressaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil. Slow growing

Propagation

Propagate by grafting and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Architectural
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required, but shaped subjects, including hedges, will need trimming twice a year

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, juniper scale and shoot-boring moths

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus and Phytophthora root diseases

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